And just like that, far too soon, we’re at the end of the Talk of the Beau Monde series.
After reading big sisters Faith and Hope’s stories, I was very excited to read Charity’s tale. This story did not disappoint.
His childhood nemesis…is the woman he can’t resist!
Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn – he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!
Charity is the baby of the Brookes family, and is as indulged as one can imagine. She’s doted on by her parents and her sisters but she’s just as devoted to them. In fact the bond between the sisters is one of the highlights of the story; the series even.
Charity has a heart of gold but, let’s be honest, she is a bit spoilt. With her enchanting good looks, voice like an angel and ability to charm everyone she meets, it’s hardly surprising.
The one person she’s never been able to charm, however, is her best friend’s older brother, Griff. Griff is everything Charity is not. He is serious, cautious and excels at hiding all emotion. He’s so good at it and at not valuing his own charm, it never dawns on either of these two protagonists that they have, in fact, loved each other from the very beginning.
Griff’s willingness to believe the worst of Charity, however, is his Achilles Heel and is also the area where he is most obnoxious and unlikable.
His saving grace, however, is how he also understands Charity’s commitment to her talent and how he believes in her and her abilities.
‘You are the indomitable, intrepid, incomparable, infuriating and invincible Miss Charity Grace Brookes. When you walk on to that stage, any what, buts or ifs will become moot because you will own it. Exactly as you always do.’
That line alone helped redeem him. Although, he had a couple moments there! I loved how incensed I felt while reading those scenes. It’s a testament to the author’s entrancing words.
I adore the journey these two took to each other. They were always there but had to learn to trust their feelings and more importantly, to trust the other with their hearts.
That said, perhaps my favourite scene for the whole tale is the one where the three Brookes sons-in-law get up to drunken mischief, completely out of their characters… well, out of character for two of them anyway. Luke was a lost cause!
An utterly fantastic book and series by Ms. Virginia Heath. She is definitely one of my favourite historical romance authors and I look forward to what she brings us next.
I give How Not to Chaperon a Lady 4.5/5 vivacious espresso shots.
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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